There are many classic cocktails that go back several decades. However, it is rare to find a drink that is still around that has been around for over 200 years. Believe it or not, the gin sling has been referenced since the mid-1700s, which makes the cocktail older than many other cocktails out there. The cocktail gained popularity in post-revolutionary America, and has been referenced in the press earlier than 1800.
Of course, with this kind of history, it has undergone many different iterations, and can be made using different liquors such as gin, brandy, whiskey, or rum. It was the “corpse reviver” before the Corpse Reviver cocktail, meaning that many drinkers used it as a “hair of the dog” drink in the morning, as a way to combat a hangover. This is a recipe for a modern variation of the gin sling.
- 1 ½ ounces of gin
- 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
- ½ ounce of lemon juice
- ¾ ounce of soda water
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Pour all of the ingredients, except for the soda water, over ice, in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a Collins glass (filled with ice, if preferable).
- Top with soda.
- Cocktail shaker
- Collins glass
It’s important to remember that the drink is highly customizable. The most common garnish associated with the drink is a lemon spiral. Some people choose to add more lemon juice, or an ounce of simple syrup. This all depends on the exact kind of taste that you prefer in your cocktail. Of course, people who aren’t the biggest fans of gin may often opt for a whiskey or brandy sling. Wine lovers may choose a cherry brandy over the vermouth, as well. For those with a sweet tooth, grenadine might do the trick instead of vermouth.
The sling is certainly not a much-ordered cocktail, and hasn’t been for over 100 years. However, it can still serve as a great hangover drink, especially if you grow tired of the Corpse Reviver. It also might be just what you need to start your night off in a sophisticated way. Enjoy a gin sling today!